You may not think of skin as being a defensive organ, but it is. Our skin provides a layer of protection from head to toe against all the pollutants and toxins the environment throws at us every day.
Maintaining a strong skin barrier is the first step to help prevent damage, stress, dehydration or anything else that can compromise the skin.
A critical part of that step includes a healthy microbiome, the invisible ecosystem of good bacteria that lives on your skin to help keep it in fighting condition. When that microbiome is in a balanced, harmonious state, it’s a winning combo for keeping good stuff in and bad stuff out.
But when skin health is off, the guard comes down. Keep skin in a healthy place with these five happy-skin habits.
1. Be gentle to skin
Harsh cleansers can mess up the healthy balance of good and bad bacteria and rob skin’s ability to protect itself. Skin redness, dullness or super dry or oily spots are all telltale signs your microbiome is off.
Keep defenses up with a pH skin balancing, conditioning cleanser that removes pore-clogging dirt and face makeup effectively (hint: look for sulfate-free surfactants on the label). We recommend Artistry™ Advanced Creamy Foam Cleanser or Artistry Signature Select™ Purifying Body Cleanser.
After washing, gently pat skin dry with a towel so you don’t lose all that helpful hydration. And always follow up with a moisturizer, like Artistry Youth Xtend™ Enriching Cream for the face or Artistry Signature Select™ Hydrating Body Gel, which quenches dry, thirsty skin with deep hydration for up to 48 hours.
2. Pack skin with protection
Skin is our largest organ and needs to be protected for optimal skin condition. Start every day with a skincare routine that includes free-radical busting antioxidants and a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30+. We recommend Artistry Ideal Radiance™ UV Protect SPF 50+.
And when it comes to the sun, make sure to take breaks in the shade and wear protective clothing, like a hat or long sleeves. Not going outside? Sunscreen still matters. It protects your skin from the blue light on your many devices and screens.
3. Repair skin while you rest
Night-time is an excellent time to revitalize skin so it’s ready for whatever the next day will throw at it. Adopt a nightly skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing and a deep moisturizer to help repair the moisture barrier.
We recommend the Artistry Youth Xtend™ skincare products that fit your skin type. Pay special attention to skin that is often exposed to the environment or frequent washing, like your hands. Use a gentle exfoliator, followed by the Artistry Signature Select™ Hydrating Mask and G&H Nourish+™ Hand Cream while you snooze.
4. Focus within for visibly healthy skin
Skin health is not just about treating the outside. A healthy diet on the inside makes a big difference in your skin’s condition. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins help the body function its best – and look great too.
Consider adding a multivitamin like, Nutrilite™ Double X™ or Nutrilite™ Daily to make sure your body (and skin!) gets all the nutrients needed. And always drink plenty of water to keep skin well hydrated.
5. Stress less for your skin’s sake
Lifestyle plays an important role in skin health, too. Stress can trigger skin sensitivity, irritation, acne and other skin problems that cause an imbalance.
And if skin struggles persist, we recommend Artistry Studio™ Zen Daze Ahead Facial Oil + 300 mg CBD to help soothe and calm it. Develop healthy skin habits now to keep your skin’s defense on guard.